Inaugural Civics Essay Contest

Inaugural Civics Essay Contest

The democratic principles on which the U.S. government is built affect everything about the way people live. The FBA Civics Essay Contest aims to foster the study and understanding of how the United States government works; to provide students with a platform on which to build the knowledge of basic civics, and to prepare every student to be an active, responsible citizen.

Topic: What does an impartial Judicial System mean to me?

  • - Contest available in both Middle School (Grades 6-8) and High School (Grades 9-12) Divisions
  • - Middle School Word Limit: 500; High School Word Limit: 1,000
  • - Winners awarded in Washington, DC in conjunction with the FBA Midyear Meeting on March 18, 2017. Funds provided for travel along with 1 parent/guardian.


  • Middle School Contest Prizes:

    1st Place: $1,000

    2nd Place: $500

    3rd Place: $250


  • High School Contest Prizes:

    1st Place: $2,000

    2nd Place: $1,000

    3rd Place: $500

    This contest is now open! Please email written essay submissions to by January 23, 2017.

  • Oral submissions also accepted! The time limit for recorded submissions is 3 minutes. Make an account with the StoryCorps app and share it with the Federal Bar Association account, or email a link to your recording to by January 23, 2017.


  • Nomination of Teachers for Excellence in Civics Education

    Do you have a teacher that has gone above and beyond in teaching civics at your school? Nominate them to receive the Excellence in Civics Education award! Winners will receive national recognition by the Federal Bar Association. A nomination form can be found below.

    Essays and nominations should be submitted via email to by January 23, 2017.

    Contest Chair: Maria Vathis,
    Questions? Contact Josh Albertson at or call 571-481-9118.


Nomination Form for Excellence in Civics Education


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